Indian govt slams US body, OIC for ‘misleading’ comments on Delhi violence


Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said the OIC had made ‘insensitive comments’ in the past too and tried to comment on India’s internal affairs

India has asked US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) not to make “misleading remarks and politicize the violence in Delhi.”

The statement was made on Thursday after the US body, which claims to monitor religious freedom all over the world, raised “grave concerns’’ over the issue.

The government also asked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not to make, what they claim, are irresponsible statements on India’s internal issue, reports The Times of India.

“We have seen comments made by USCIRF, sections of the media and a few individuals regarding recent incidents of violence in Delhi. These are factually inaccurate and misleading, and appear to be aimed at politicizing the issue,’’ Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

He also said: “Our law enforcement agencies are working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration of confidence and normalcy. Senior representatives of the government have been involved in that process.

“Prime minister has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time.”

Later, at a media briefing, Raveesh Kumar asked the OIC not to make “inaccurate and irresponsible comments.”

“The statements which have come out of OIC are factually inaccurate, they are selective, they are misleading. There is an effort on the ground to restore normalcy, to create confidence,” he claimed.

The OIC had made insensitive comments in the past too and had tried to comment on India’s internal affairs, Kumar alleged.

In its statement, the OIC said: “We condemn the recent and alarming violence against Muslims in India, resulting in the death and injury of innocent people and the arson and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties”.

Death toll in worst violence in decades in India’s capital New Delhi rises to 39, reports NDTV.

The violence began over a disputed new citizenship law on February 24 but led to clashes between Muslims and Hindus in which hundreds were injured. Many suffered gunshot wounds, while arson, looting and stone-throwing has also taken place.